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Nov 17, 2012 8:00pm EST
's mythology and how she came over to america and how ultimately it was her coming cross from mexico into america that spawned this fantastic first-generation american story or goes the mr. martinez you were raised in brownsville texas, right on the border. what was brownsville like during her childhood? >> that then, i experience it is being racially polarized, kind of in a more economic sort of striations and the brownsville imail was very agriculturally based. my parents ran a trucking business and we were basically farm laborers and so it was a very conflicted experience, because we would go to school and pretend like we were wealthier than we were, and it was entirely different, the people who we really were and we would go home and live this untraditional lifestyle as farm laborers, my brother and myself primarily. my sisters had a very different experience but ultimately that was what we knew and what landers said about our environment. >> within the family, what were some of the dynamics? >> my father was, he was mexican-american. my mother was european-american and so that k
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